Tokyo in May : Best Things to Do 2019
What to Do in Tokyo in May
1. Golden Week
from late April to early May is “Golden Week” in Japan, which is a long holiday period formed with multiple public holidays. The great thing about the Golden Week is that there will be a plenty of special events in town which you may be entertained. The downside of it is that it’ll be very crowded everywhere. If you are travelling during the Golden Week period, put that in your mind 🙂
In 2019, the Golden Week will be longer than the average year with 10 consecutive days due to celebrate the 2019 imperial succession. The 10-day holiday starts from 27 April to 6 May.
2. Sanja Matsuri
Tokyo’s most energetic, loudest and wildest festival, Sanja Matsuri (三社祭) is back. The festival is held at Asakusa Shrine near Sensoji Temple in Asakusa area for 3 days usually on the third weekend in May, and invite about 2 millions viewers. The festival features a number of portable shrine (Mikoshi) carried through the streets of Asakusa neighbourhood with the lively and energetic atmosphere.
3. Kanda Matsuri
Kanda Matsuri or Kanda Festival (神田祭) is one of the three great Shinto festivals of Tokyo, along with the Fukagawa Matsuri and Sanno Matsuri. It originally started in 17th century. The festival is held mid May every two years (in odd-number years), which means the festival is on this year. The festival takes place at Kanda Shrine and surrounding neighbourhood in Tokyo (around Akihabara and Tokyo Station), and about 200 mikoshi (portable shrines) are carried through in addition to musicians, dancers, and floats. Kanda Matsuri is held over a week, but the main event usually happens on weekend near 15 May.
Date: 9–15 May 2019 (main event on 11&12 May)
4. The Matcha Collection at ANA InterContinental Tokyo
One of Tokyo’s finest hotels, ANA InterContinental Tokyo is hosting an annual Matcha fair “The Matcha Collection” from late spring to early summer. The event features several venues at the hotel offering creative and delightful Matcha dishes including a popular Matcha dessert buffet at The Champagne Bar with over 40 kinds of sweets and savory bites, and the photo-worthy green Matcha burger at The Steakhouse. Indulge yourself with the unique and quality Matcha food this spring!
5. Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival
Various flowers flourish in town during spring, and after cherry blossoms, it’s time for wisteria. Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival (亀戸天神社 藤まつり) is a popular flower festival held annually in Koto Ward, Tokyo. Over 100 wisteria flower bloom beautifully at the historical shrine site from late April to early May along with festival food stalls and special events.
Date: 14 April to 6 May
6. Carp Streamer Tokyo Tower
Carp streamer (Koinobori) is a traditional item to celebrate Children’s Day (5th May) in Japan, and streamers are displayed at many location during Golden Week season. At the base of Tokyo Tower, 333 colourful carp streamers are displayed from late March to 6 May. Night light-up of the streams is also available from 17:00～23:00.
Discount tickets: 6% OFF Tokyo Tower Ticket — Main Observatory Deck E-Tickets
Date: 29 March to 6 May
7. EDC Japan 2019
One of the biggest dance music festivals worldwide, EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) is held in Tokyo since 2016. EDC Japan will be held at ZOZO Marine Stadium & Makuhari Beach Park. The festival features the world’s best electronic dance music with creative arts, and the lineup for EDC Japan 2019 includes ALISON WONDERLAND, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, MAJOR LAZER, SKIRILLEX and many more!
8. Thai Festival
The Thai Festival is one of the biggest international festivals in Japan, which is held at Yoyogi Park annually. The festival features about 100 booths selling delicious Thai food, drinks and Thai crafts as well as live performances on the stage.
Date: 11 & 12 May
More similar events are held at Yoyogi Park during May. Check the below link for more information about Yoyogi Park’s event schedule for 2019!
9. Spring Flower Events
You may have missed cherry blossoms in Tokyo if you are travelling in May, but you’ll still get a chance to see stunning flowers. The Nemophila Harmony at Hitachi Seaside Park is one of the most popular flower events in Japan in Spring, which can be accessed from Tokyo for a day-trip. The best viewing time of Nemophila flowers is usually late April to early May.
-The Great Wisteria Festival
Another great side trip destination from Tokyo in May is Great Wisteria Festival at Ashikaga Flower Park. The park is picked as one of the top 10 international dream destinations by CNN in past. Various kinds of colourful wisteria flowers are displayed at the park including the 150 year-old Great Wisteria. The best viewing time is usually from mid April to mid May.
10. Cycling Tour
Spring is the best season to spend time outdoor in Japan, and cycling is one of the best activities in the city. Various sightseeing cycling tours are available in Tokyo today which you can see the best highlights and explore the city in depth in one day while exercising!
Tokyo Historical Bike Tour by Magical Trip is a popular cycling day tour around south of Tokyo (Ryogoku, Tsukiji, Imperial Palace, etc) through 24km with a local guide. You can check more details about the tour via the attached link below and booking with discount is also available!
How exciting?? Which events in May do you look forward to most?? For more information about travelling in Japan in May, here are some more articles you should definitely check out 🙂